8 Best Outdoor Exercises to Make Your Routine Fresh and Fun
Tired of doing the same exercises, always cooped up inside the gym? Then turn your workout routine into something fresh and fun with these 8 best outdoor exercises. They are quick, effective, and great for beginners to cardio aficionados and toning enthusiasts.
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Add the fact that outdoor exercises help you lose an average of 7.43 pounds and 6.17 percent of body fat in just a few weeks, and you’ve got all the reasons to want to break a sweat outside. What are you waiting for?
Good for: Full-body toning
How to do it: Sit straight with your feet shoulder-width apart. While you maintain your chest up, lower your body and push your hips up. Bend your knees and put your hands together in front of you. Return slowly to your starting position, placing your arms behind you as you lift yourself back up. Do 11 more reps.
Plank chest tap
How to do it: Start from the plank position, positioning your hands a bit wider than shoulder-width and extending your legs. Your spine should be in a neutral position. With your right hand tap your left shoulder. Return your right hand to the floor and do the same thing with your left hand and right shoulder.
Alternate the movements until you’ve reached 8 or 10 taps on each side.
How to do it: Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart. Put your hands on your hips, while your chest is up and shoulders back. Your upper body and core should be still and tight. Take a step back with your left foot while bending both knees to get into the lunge position. Push your right heel to return to the starting position.
Repeat the same movements, this time with your other foot. Alternate until you’ve reached 8 or 10 repetitions on each side.
How to do it: Position yourself in sitting position, clasping your hands in front of your torso. Bend back while lifting your feet a few inches off the floor. Your core should be tight, and knees bent. Slowly rotate your shoulders and torso to the right. Pause then rotate back to the initial position. Repeat movements to the left side. Do 20 reps in total.
Good for: Cardio
How to do it: Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart, pointing your toes outwards. Bend your knees and push your hips back and lower down until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Clasp your hands in front of you. Press your feet down to jump as high as you can.
Don’t forget to swing your arms for better momentum. Land softly and bend your knees at 45 degrees and drop back down into the following squat.
How to do it: Put your right foot forward and bend both knees while you maintain your upright chest and tight core. Bend your elbows and raise your right fist while lowering your left fist. Jump as high as you can. Switch your arm and leg position while in midair and land in a lunging position. Alternate until you’ve performed 8 reps.
Equipment: An outdoor bench
Good for: Full-body toning
Step up with knee drive
How to do it: Start in front of a bench and put your right foot on it. Pump your arms and push yourself up until your right leg forms a straight line. Lift your left knee toward your chest then return to starting position. You just did one rep.
Repeat the movements with your left leg. Continue alternating until you’ve done 12 reps on each side.
How to do it: Stand straight with your back at a bench a few feet behind you, then place your hands on your hips. Swing your left foot back and put the top of your foot on the bench. Your abs should be as tight as possible and your back straight.
Bend your right leg and lower hips towards the ground until your thigh is parallel to it. Push back to your initial position. You’ve just completed one rep. You’ve got 11 more to go then switch legs.
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